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OES DIRECTOR RECOMMENDS NATIONWIDE ADOPTION OF CALIFORNIA'S EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

 SACRAMENTO, Calif., March 2 /PRNewswire/ -- At a Congressional hearing today investigating the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), California Office of Emergency Services (OES) Director Richard Andrews recommended that a standardized system of emergency management developed in California be adopted as the national system to help avoid confusion and speed response to major emergencies.
 The Incident Command System, or ICS, was developed by the California fire services to streamline response to major wildland fires by standardizing procedures and terminology. Since its development, ICS has also been effectively used during response to all types of emergencies, and recent California legislation mandates its adoption by all local and state agencies statewide.
 In the hearing, held by the Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight of the House Committee on Public Works and Transportation, Andrews also admitted to frustration with FEMA, and stated that he believes the agency's problems are in the areas of leadership, as well as management philosophies and practices, rather than legal authorities. Andrews said it would be a serious mistake for the federal government -- including the military -- to become a primary emergency responder, as has been suggested by some. "The federal role," he said, "even in catastrophic events, should be to supplement state and local capabilities."
 The subcommittee is holding hearings to investigate FEMA's budget and fiscal management, as well as its performance during response to Hurricanes Andrew and Iniki. The Committee on Public Works and Transportation is chaired by Congressman Norman Mineta of San Jose, Calif.
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 /CONTACT: Tom Mullins of OES, 916-262-1843/


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